(CBS) — O’Hare and Midway airports are attempting to get back to normal after nearly 24 hours of issues.
A fire started by a contract employee at an FAA facility in Aurora caused a ground stop for hours at both airports.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports O’Hare Airport was in clean-up mode on Saturday as the cancellations and major delays are down from Friday but still exist. More than 630 flights have been canceled as of 11 a.m.
Law enforcement says it’s all the result of a disgruntled contract worker 36-year-old Brian Howard of Naperville setting fire to an FAA radar facility in Aurora. Howard was charged with destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities and has been fired.
That facility may not be operational for days but neighboring ones are helping out with air traffic.
On Friday, more than 2000 flights between the two airports never got off the ground. That resulted in people passed out on seats or sleeping on cots using the airport as a makeshift hotel.
But caution is turning into hope Saturday, at least at Midway.